Monday, March 13, 2017

South Padre Island Spring Break Safety Tips


South Padre Island is a popular spot, especially during spring break! Read on to find out what warnings and dangers you should be aware of before you go.

The Beach Of course, you’ll want to walk barefoot along the beach, but be careful, jellyfish and Portugese man-of-war have been spotted along the beach. Even after these animals die, their tentacle can pack a powerful sting, so don’t touch or step on these creatures! Also beware of broken beer bottles and other litter. There are steep fines for leaving such items on the beach, but it still happens.

Surf conditions are closely monitored at South Padre, and signs with flags are posted all along the beach to warn visitors about the conditions of the water. Make sure to pay attention to these signs as at times the water can be dangerous to swim in. A red flag means that high surf and dangerous currents are present, yellow indicates calm to moderate seas, blue flags mean that venomous marine life is in the area. Always use caution, regardless of the flag system and take note that there aren’t lifeguards on the beach, so if you get into trouble, there are no professionals around to help.

There are some places on South Padre where you are allowed to drive on the beach, but make sure that you aren’t attempting to drive across any of the dunes. It is illegal and the chances of getting stuck aren’t worth the risk. Take caution driving on the sand even in the areas where it is allowed, loose sand means that you could easily get stuck. For a $3 fee you can enter at beach access #5, Atwood Park. The ramp here is usually well maintained which means less of a chance of getting stuck.

Due to its popularity and reputation for being a party spot, there are lots of police at South Padre Island. Take posted speed limit signs very seriously during your visit, if you exceed the limit, you will get a ticket. You will also get ticketed if you aren’t wearing a seatbelt, so make sure you buckle up! The police are always out in full force and they don’t mess around, glass containers are forbidden on the beach and getting caught with one will get you a hefty fine. Drinking and driving is a major no-no unless you want to go to jail and even getting too intoxicated while walking can be risky. Officers will not hesitate to arrest you for public intoxication.

Because of the islands fairly close proximity to Mexico you may also encounter customs border agents or roadblocks, so don’t be surprised if you are stopped or even asked to let a drug dog inspect your vehicle.

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Assaulted Disabled Man Trying To Help Kid


A Bellmead, Texas, man was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of harming a 4-year-old family member and assaulting a disabled good Samaritan who attempted to intervene.

Bradley Santana Monrail, 29, is accused of knocking the 4-year-old boy off his bike in what he told police was an attempt to "toughen" up the child to protect him from bullying.

"(Monrail) felt like he had the right to rough him up to try to make him tougher when he pushed him off the bicycle," Bellmead police Sgt. Kory Martin told the Waco Tribune. "He said he was trying to toughen him up to help

him from being bullied, so he basically bullied the 4-year-old from being bullied."

After the boy fell, Monrail continued hitting the child, police said.

When a disabled man saw what was happening, he tried to intervene to help the child. That's when Monrail assaulted the 39-year-old good Samaritan.

As of Friday, Monrail remained in the McLennan County Jail on $20,000 bond.

He faces a third-degree felony charge of injury to a child and injury to a disabled person.

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Arrested For Impersonating Public Servant


A 31-year-old off-duty prison guard was arrested Sunday on a charge of impersonating a public servant.

Justin Coats was armed and wearing his prison uniform when he was arrested by a Bexar County Sheriff's Office deputy, BCSO spokeswoman Rosanne Hughes said in a news release.

The deputy stopped to investigate just after midnight when he saw a Ford Crown Victoria with flashing red and blue emergency lights performing a traffic stop at 2100 Cullum Park, Hughes said.

The driver of the other car, a female, stopped because she believed the Crown Victoria was a real patrol car, Hughes said.

Sheriff's officials asked that anyone who was stopped by Coats call BCSO Criminal Investigations Division at 210-335-6070.

Coats works at the Three Rivers Federal Bureau Prison, Hughes said.

She said if residents doubt that they are being stopped by a real law enforcement officer or they are being stopped in an unpopulated area, they should take the following measures.

Activate their hazard lights Slow down, but continue driving Gesture to the officer that they intend to stop Continue driving in this manner to a populated and safer area May ask to see the officer's ID Call 911 if in doubt. Be aware of urban legends that tell you to call other numbers

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Retired Firefighter Might Have Been Abducted


A retired Dallas firefighter is missing and may be in danger.

Michael Chambers’ wife called the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office Friday to report that he was not at his home in Quinlan, which is about 40 miles east of Dallas.

Chambers is described as being 6 feet 3 inches with balding gray hair. He does not have any known medical or mental conditions.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office at 903-453-6838.

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2-Home Invaders Killed In Henderson County


On Monday, the Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said two men were shot and killed Sunday in the Athens area after they invaded a home and attempted to rob two residents.

“It was a home invasion and attempted robbery that went very bad,” the Sheriff said.

Sheriff Hillhouse said the incident occurred on Hopson Drive in the Athens area.

The home owners suffered minor injuries.

The names of the two deceased will be release as warranted, according to Sheriff Hillhouse.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson County District Attorney’s Office, and the Texas Rangers are investigating this incident.

Henderson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Milton Adams conducted an inquest at the scene and ordered the deceased to be sent to American Forensics for an autopsy.

Henderson County 392nd District Judge Scott McKee issued a search warrant for the residence.

“This is an active, ongoing investigation and I will provide additional information as it becomes available,” Hillhouse said.

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Head-On Crash Kills 2 In Dallas


Two people are dead after a wrong-way crash just south of downtown Dallas.

Police say an SUV was going the wrong way on Cedar Crest Boulevard, over the Trinity River, when it crashed into another car just after midnight Monday.

Both drivers were killed. They have not yet been identified.

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Grandmother Found Dead In A Shed


Harris County Sheriff's deputies have confirmed the dead woman found inside a Cypress home is the grandmother of one of the detained suspects.

The discovery of the body in the 17000 block of East Longwood Meadows Sunday afternoon, led to a homicide investigation.

Currently, the grandson of the victim and his girlfriend have been taken into custody, according to police.

"There was some blood found inside the trailer, on the back porch and after they did a search of the area they found the body of a white female," said Sgt. Ben Beall, a Harris County Sheriff's Office Homicide Detectives.

Detectives say the body was found wrapped in a blanket in a storage shed.

They say other relatives who live at the home grew worried after they had received threats from the grandson.

"He was texting messages to family members threatening to kill his mother and grandmother, to take the car," said Sgt. Beall.

Eyewitnesses told deputies the 21-year-old grandson and his girlfriend were loading up things from the house into the grandmother's car when they confronted him.

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1-Dead - 1-Arrested After Lubbock Crash


One person is dead and another is facing charges of intoxication manslaughter after a deadly overnight crash at 19th Street and Kewanee Avenue.

Police tell us 24-year-old Maxwell Ezell was driving a Chevy Camaro westbound in in the 6200 block of 19th Street when he struck the back of a Mazda traveling west in front of him.

The Mazda came a stop in the 6300 block of 19th Street. The Camaro continued traveling and struck the back of a Ford pickup truck stopped at the northbound stop sign at 1900 Kewanee.

The driver of the Mazda, a 55-year-old woman, was taken by ambulance to UMC. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

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